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Hi friends!

Welcome to my little corner of Al Gore’s Internet. I’m Jareesa - I’m a scientist, a freelance writer, a knitter, wife to LM, mom to #BabyPi, and more. I love Queen Bey, squishy yarn, watching GBBO, and attempting to bake. Sometimes I rant, sometimes I rave, but I always tell the truth.

Wedding Planning...So Far

I've been engaged for a whole two months - yay! I still stare at my hand a lot, but I've finally gotten the hang of saying "my fiance" instead of "my boyfriend". And my ring has stopped feeling weird on my finger, especially since I got it resized. Funny story - when LM and I went ring shopping, we didn't even measure my finger, I just assumed I was still a size 7. That's what he ordered, and my ring was super loose, so I use one those plastic resizer things on it to help it fit as a temporary fix. When I went back to the jewelers (Shane Co & they are fantastic!) they originally wanted to keep my ring for 5 days to resize it but I said absolutely not! So they did a rush job in 2.5 days and I was so sad without my ring! I was happy to get it back and now it fits great. It still spins slightly when my fingers are cold but that's ok. So now that we've been engaged for a couple of months, we've gotten into the swing of wedding planning. We've crossed a lot of things off our list so far.

Wedding Date: Picked! Jokingly LM mentioned that we should get married on Pi Day (March 14th of those of you non-nerds), and when we looked up Pi Day 2015 we realized it was on a Saturday...we looked at each other & just knew, that would be our date!

Wedding Theme: We're getting married on Pi Day, Super Pi Day in fact, because it's 3/14/15 (and π = 3.1415, get it?)...anyway, we couldn't NOT go with a nerd theme for our wedding, with a wedding date of Pi Day.

Wedding Budget: LM and I sat down and put together a budget that we felt we could handle on our own, though both of our families have also said they would like to help financially. It's not extravagant by any means, but it will allow us to have a wedding that is nice and meets our wants. We also used the budget tool on The Knot to get an estimate on a target value for different categories.

Wedding Party: Figured out. I knew I didn't want a large wedding party, and for me anything more than 5 people on each side is large. I don't understand these folks that have 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen, that's way too many folks to corral! Anyway, we've settled on 4 attendants on each side, as well as the flower girls and ring bearer. I'm also not having a maid of honor, because I simply couldn't choose and I didn't want to single any one person out as more special than the others. So 4 bridesmaids it is!

Wedding Colors: Since we're getting married in the spring, I wanted to go with a pastel palette. I've always loved the combination of purple and green for a spring wedding, but I didn't want to do the typical wedding where the purple is the focal point. So I've chosen mint as a the primary color for the wedding, with lavender and gold as accent colors.


Wedding Location: LM and I are getting married in Minneapolis, our current city. Both of us are from different places (MI and GA) and we didn't think it would be fair to favor one's hometown over the other. Because we're getting married here in Minneapolis, the majority of our guests will have to travel, including our families. I'm a bit worried about the weather in March preventing our guests from making it in, but all I can do is hope the weather cooperates.

Wedding Venue: After the date, this is probably the most important thing to decide. LM and I both knew we didn't want to do the standard wedding locations like a hotel or country club. It was very important that we have a different location, that would be interesting, and where we could hold both the ceremony and reception. After many hours of Internet searching, we came up with a list of venues to contact for availability and pricing. From that list, we whittled it down to 3 venues that we visited. Our last stop was our favorite and we fell in love with it immediately! I'm super excited to have my wedding in this beautiful space and it comes with a lot of great perks. The only semi-downside is that it limits our guest list capacity to 125 people, but that's probably a good thing. Our venue works exclusively with one catering company, so we didn't have to find a caterer - less headache for us!

Wedding Photographer: Booked! We found a great studio that had everything we were looking for - photojournalist style, 2 shooters for the day of, 8 hours of coverage and we own the copyright to all our images. We also did our engagement photos with our photographer recently and it was great working with her.

Wedding Coordinator: LM and I both agreed that we wanted to enjoy our wedding day instead of being stressed about the little things, so we decided to hire a day of coordinator. I met with a few coordinators but really hit it off with the coordinator we hired. She's been in the wedding business for a long time and is super detailed, so I feel confident that she'll be able to step in when we're a couple of months out from the wedding and handle everything.

So far wedding planning has been a good experience. It helps that LM and I are very decisive and we're on the same page for what we want. We're looking to enjoy our wedding day with friends and family, have a great time, but show our individuality as well. LM has also surprised me with his excitement and desire to be involved in the wedding planning - he doesn't care about colors but he does care about a lot of the big things, like our food and the location. He also picked our photographer, which was a welcome but good surprise.

We've got a lot of big things done but we still have a way to go before next March! We still have to choose save the dates/invitations, finalize the guest list, find our attire as well as the bridal party, figure out flowers/decor, book a room block for our guests, figure out the wedding day timeline, pick a menu....so much stuff! *sigh* And of course, save save save!

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